return icon

Precious 'super-organic' rice produced from formerly 'dead' fields

In the world today, there is no rice variety that reaches all 545 quality criteria like Quang Tri organic rice. Two compounds found in this variety are considered highly valuable.


One day in early summer 2019, holding in his hands the test results of an organic rice variety grown in the central province of Quang Tri, Associate Professor Tran Dang Xuan, head of Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry at Japan’s Hiroshima University, was very surprised.

A month before, when receiving a bag of rice from Dai Nam Company, which had worked with farmers in Quang Tri to test an organic rice variety, Xuan had thought that Quang Tri was heavily affected in the war and local farmers had used too much pesticides and chemical fertilizers, so it could not produce organic rice.

He was surprised to see the test results. The dead field in the land that was heavily contaminated with dioxin in the war had been miraculously revived.

The organic rice variety produced from this field was not only organic but super organic, as it met all 545 quality criteria.

Furthermore, two compounds Momilactone A and Momilactone B (MA and MB) found in this rice variety are effective in fighting diabetes, obesity, and gout.



“We are conducting further research on many valuable characteristics of these two compounds, which have been published in many international biological journals. These compounds are found in the organic rice from Quang Tri,” Xuan said, adding that these two compounds are 30,000 times more precious and expensive than gold.

Eating a certain amount of this rice daily can help reduce the risk of getting these diseases. This conclusion changes the conventional thought that eating rice increases the risk of having diabetes.

According to Xuan, these compounds have also been found in Japanese rice, but Quang Tri organic rice has much higher concentrations. Based on the analysis, he said that the rice is very organic. He said Vietnam should encourage the development of the business-farmer model to create high-value rice products and strengthen Vietnam's rice position in the world.

The founder of the Quang Tri organic rice production chain model, Tran Ngoc Nam - General Director of Dai Nam Production and Trading Co., Ltd. – told VietNamNet that the day he decided to develop this model in Quang Tri, his friends and family all told him to not invest in this project. They said that field was a dead and infertile land, which was unsuitable to grow rice, let alone organic rice.



Nam has proven that they are all wrong. So far, local farmers have harvested five crops of organic rice, with increasing output and earnings.

Nam has cooperated with farmers in many provinces to produce organic coffee, organic pepper, organic fruit... but Quang Tri was the place with the most unfavorable conditions.

“After a period of struggling, I decided to try to do something to change this land. I accepted the Quang Tri officials’ invitation to bring the technology I had studied for decades to this land to help local farmers change their lives," said Nam.

In recent years, in many large granaries across the country, farmers have not planted rice and turned to fruit trees for higher profit. So it is difficult for Quang Tri authorities to persuade farmers to grow rice, said Ha Sy Dong, Vice Chairman of Quang Tri Provincial People's Committee.

After five successful crops, local farmers are now very eager to plant organic rice.


The area of organic rice in Quang Tri has increased to 158,224 hectares. The organic rice farming model has been implemented in 11 cooperatives in five districts and towns. The dead fields have been revived. Farmers can make a profit of up to 40 million VND per hectare, plus income from selling fish caught in the field.

"In the past, earnings from rice farming were just enough to cover daily life expenses. I never thought that there would be a day when I would get as much profit as now," said Cao Dinh Lap, a farmer in Vinh Thuy commune, Vinh Linh district. His family earned a profit of nearly VND100 million (nearly $5,000) in the last crop.

After three years of growing organic rice, from the dead field, farmers have created the Quang Tri organic rice brand. This product has been sold throughout the country and will be exported to the US and Japan.


Quang Tri’s Vice Chair Ha Van Dong told VietNamNet that in the near future, the area of organic rice will increase to about 10,000 hectares. Moreover, in early July, the construction of an organic agricultural product processing factory commenced in Quang Tri.

This VND100 billion (nearly $5 million) factory will process organic agricultural products such as rice, coffee, peanuts, corn... in a closed circle for domestic consumption and export.

Quang Tri organic rice chain has become a model for many provinces and cities to learn from.

Bao Phuong - Thanh Nam

ST25 is a generic rice variety, not a brand: NOIP

ST25 is a generic rice variety, not a brand: NOIP

The National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) says the ST25 rice variety has been granted a Protective Certificate No 21.VN.2020 under Decision No 45/QD-TT-VPBH dated March 6, 2020 by the director of the Department of Crop Production.

Vietnam aims to be world's top exporter of quality rice

Vietnam aims to be world's top exporter of quality rice

In August 2020, when the Vietnam - EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) took effect, Trung An High-tech Agriculture JSC exported about 150 tons of rice to the European Union. 


Hospitality providers in Hanoi Old Quarter revive

Hospitality providers in Hanoi’s Old Quarter have been gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 15, most of them have so far been brought back to life.

After discovery of fake VietGAP-certification, 12 units under probe

After local media reported about vegetables with counterfeited VietGAP certificates, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) asked for a review of 12 certification units and threatened to strictly punish any violators.

Another three Vietnamese digital platforms qualify for being popularized

Vietnam is expected to maintain its seventh place in the number of new app downloads globally.

Foreign travel website suggests 10 best things when visiting Vietnam

Kayaking in the waters of picturesque Cat Ba island and taking a food tour to sample delicacies around Ho Chi Minh City are among the 10 best things to do in Vietnam, according to UK-based travel website Time Out.

Vietnam’s coconut kingdom protects organic coconut areas by biological methods

When the trend of consuming organic products is increasingly popular, the development of organic material sources has become an urgent requirement. Protecting these sources has become a great concern of producers in many countries around the world.

Electronics industry capacity must keep up with increased investment

Vietnam needs policies to enable the electronics industry to ready its supply chain as the country becomes ever more attractive for investment, Deputy Director of the Industry Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade Pham Tuan Anh said.

VN central bank shifts up interest rates to combat US Fed adjustments

After the State Bank of Vietnam implemented the new operational interest rate on September 23, all joint-stock commercial banks, with the exception of state-owned ones, have adjusted the deposit interest rate for most terms.

HCM City targets international cruise tourists

Ho Chi Minh City has great potential to attract international cruise tourists as part of an effort to speed up tourism recovery post-pandemic, experts said.

Waste criteria lacking for nation’s IPs

Vietnam’s industrial parks are in the process of transitioning to more ecological models, but are struggling due to a lack of regulations on reusing treated waste and wastewater.

Vietnam experiences solid rise in production

The Vietnamese manufacturing sector rose solidly inside growth territory at the end of the third quarter of the year.

VN-Index bounces back from two-year low

The benchmark VN-Index on Wednesday regained the 1,100-point landmark after falling to a two-year low, but low liquidity may threaten the market recovery in the next sessions.

Sexual-assault victims choose to remain silent amid backlash on social media

Many travelers have told VietNamNet that they had been victims of sexual assault but later decided not to report their cases for fear of being ridiculed and blamed.

'South Korean street’ in HCM City deserted as business people leave

Amid business decline, some South Korean businessmen have gone bankrupt or shut down their business and left for their home country. It’s unclear if they will come back.

Foreign tech firms scale up operations in Vietnam

Molex, the world’s leading electronic component and connection device manufacturer, has announced a plan to expand its production facility in Hanoi with a total production area of 16,000 sq m.

Vietnam’s veggie, fruit imports from China surge

Vietnam spent some US$473 million importing vegetables and fruits from China between January and August, surging by 74% year-on-year and accounting for 38% of the country’s total veggie and fruit imports.